No service cuts & keep Intercity trains to Wellingborough

July 29, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

notoq4I’ve just had a read of this document and there are some very concerning plans / ideas here about future train services for our area. You might want to have a look. I plan to make a submission to this consultation.

I agree that we need greater train service capacity which may include looking at additional lines and services, and it’s also important that our existing services aren’t down graded. I am also very concerned about the plans (herein) re travelling north to Market Harborough, Leicester etc. I work in Leicester and the plans here would mean the removal of all direct trains to MH, Leicester, Nottingham and elsewhere from Wellingborough. I thought the idea of building 3,500 houses next to the train station would support more people using the train (in both directions), not possibly a reduction or downgrading of services.

If you are a train user in this…

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Keep, Extend and Enforce the Hunting Ban, Vote Green

July 16, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

JH Keep The BanIf elected I will fight against hunting and vote to keep the ban.  I will make upgrading the Hunting Act 2004 to include all blood sports my first private members’ bill.  I will also add to the bill to make it enforceable.

The Green Party’s policy is crystal clear; we oppose all forms of hunting.   Keith Taylor MEP, the Green Party’s Animals Spokesperson, has condemned Theresa May’s plan to bring back fox hunting.  The vocal animal welfare campaigner and South East MEP said:

“That Theresa May has been forced into this admission is extremely telling. The bloodthirsty plot to repeal the foxhunting ban had, until now, only been discussed behind closed doors because the Tories know 84% of the public oppose this barbaric pursuit, which is enjoyed by only a tiny privileged minority.”

“Let’s be clear, the Conservatives did not want to be open with the public about this plan…

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Discover The Local Talking Newspaper

July 1, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

WP_20170605_19_24_20_ProLast night I had the pleasure of joining the team at Wellingborough and District Talking Newspaper from their own studio at The Belgrade Centre, Denington Road, Wellingborough.   The news is recorded on Monday evenings and dispatched on a Tuesday mornings by a dedicated team of volunteers to over 100 individual listeners and to a number of day centres and care homes for use in the communal areas.

Simon Turner, a Green Party Member, helps to run the free Talking Newspaper service, delivering audio recordings of local news and magazine articles through its customer’s letter box.  Simon said “you qualify if you are blind or partially sighted with close up vision of N12 or less quality.  You do not have to be registered blind or partially sighted. Approaches can be made to us direct by the would-be listener, their family, friends or social worker. Clubs or county librarians who work with…

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Put Town Centres First, Vote Green

June 22, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

WP_20170606_17_03_29_ProOur town centres are dying, because of the Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour.  All of these parties support out of town retail parks including Rushden Lakes, and all do not support small businesses, including shops, cafes and pubs, in our town centres.  I simply do not understand why we are letting our town centres turn into ghost town centres and why are local elected politicians letting our local shops die?

In Wellingborough and Rushden today we have scores of empty units and with more closing every week, how long will it be before we have lost every independent or small chain store from our town centres?  The latest victim is workwear and camping shop George Alan who are set to close both of their Rushden and Wellingborough shops by the end of June.  In Silver Street, Wellingborough, half of the units are empty and more are closing!

The Green Party…

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Clean Air Everywhere Week of Action

June 20, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

AirTeamWe are joining Friends of the Earth in calling for a national week of action for clean air from 24 June to 2 July 2017.  After weeks of delay and speculation, the government finally published its draft Air Quality Plan on 5 May.  This should have been a Plan that effectively dealt with the shocking air pollution crisis that blights the lives of so many.  This should have been a Plan for clean air that put the health of the nation first.  This should have been a Plan that helped people out of dirty diesels in to clean vehicles and cheaper, better, public transport.  Unfortunately for us all – it wasn’t. Far from it.

Why are we forced to breathe polluted air?

Vulnerable children and older people who are forced to breathe illegal levels of pollution deserve better.  We all deserve better.  So for the sake of the nation’s health, we’re…

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Thank you to each and everyone who voted for me, I will continue to campaign for you, we will be back…

June 19, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

Northants Green PartyThe General Election saw increases in vote share for the Conservatives and Labour at the expense of all the smaller parties.  The Green Party was definitely affected across Northamptonshire, where we saw our vote share come in at between 1.5% and 2.4%.  Green votes were significantly lower in constituencies where Labour genuinely a threat to the Conservatives.  Unfortunately a lot of people who would have wanted to vote Green felt that it was more important to vote against the party they didn’t want to get in than to vote for who they actually wanted.  I had lots of conversations with people after they voted and many said the Green Party had the best policies but they voted tactically.

This vote was polarised by the popularity of two very different party leaders, it was not an accurate reflection on how popular the Green Party are locally.  Our campaign in the Wellingborough…

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Put Protecting Trees First, Wellingborough

June 19, 2017 by

Jonathan Hornett - Your Green Party Candidate

Vote Green TwigsThe Borough Council of Wellingborough, as a tree owner; has a direct responsibility to protect trees in Wellingborough.  The council have released a draft tree policy to ensure that its trees do not pose a danger to the public or property; but I think that this has missed an opportunity to ensure that trees are maintained properly and not destroyed locally.  The council is responsible for managing a significant number of trees within the borough of Wellingborough. The overall tree population is an estimated 76,000.

All decisions taken should bear in mind that trees are essential for people and our local environment.  Here are some examples, taken from the tree policy, of the aesthetic, social, economic and health benefits of trees:

  • Trees play a vital role in urban and rural ecosystems by helping to support a great variety of wildlife.
  • Studies of patients in hospital found that they recovered more…

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Northamptonshire Green Party announces final Parliamentary Candidates

May 4, 2017 by

With 5 weeks to go until the Parliamentary elections, the Green Party in Northamptonshire has confirmed its final 3 parliamentary candidates for the 2017 General Election, giving people across the county the chance to vote Green once more. At a meeting of the local party on Monday 1st May, members selected their candidates for Corby, Northampton South and Wellingborough to add to those already chosen in Daventry (Steve Whiffen), Kettering (Rob Reeves), Northampton North (Steve Miller) and South Northamptonshire (Denise Donaldson)

GE Candidates 2017

Jonathan Hornett will be the Green Party candidate in Wellingborough. Jonathan has been a member of the Green Party for 12 years, and has represented them at 13 local elections and 3 national elections. He is a keen supporter of local businesses and has campaigned extensively for renewable energy and animal welfare. His message to the people of Wellingborough is “I am standing to offer people the chance to vote positively; positively for a party that has policies that work for people both young and old, positively for a party that stands up for animals and works hard to protect the environment; and positively for a candidate that understands local issues and wants to work with local people to build a better more sustainable future for all. Think green, vote Green Party in 2017.”

The candidate representing the Green Party in Corby is Steve Scrutton.  Steve has been a member of the Green Party for over 10 years, and has stood in many local elections. Steve said, ‘I have good political knowledge and sensitivity.  I will place the environment at the forefront of my campaign as well as fighting for a more equal society. I fully support the Green Party’s policy of having a ratification referendum on the final Brexit deal.”

Scott Mabbutt will be the Green Party candidate for Northampton South. Scott lives in Northampton and currently works at Kettering General Hospital.  Scott said, “I have spent my adult life caring for sick people in our County. I feel that my job gives me a unique insight into the problems facing our society and how they have been exacerbated by the current government.”

The Green Party presents a future based on protecting our planet for future generations, and for providing inspiration and practical support to the downtrodden in society. The Green Party will also fight against the Conservative’s agenda of a ‘Hard’ Brexit and will campaign for a ratification referendum on the final deal.

Pictured (left to right)            Jonathan Hornett, Rob Reeves, Denise Donaldson, Steve Scrutton, Steve Miller, Scott Mabbutthe full list of candidates are :

Corby                                      Steve Scrutton
Daventry                                Steve Whiffen
Kettering                                Rob Reeves
Northampton North            Steve Miller
Northampton South            Scott Mabbutt
South Northamptonshire   Denise Donaldson
Wellingborough                   Jonathan Hornett

Further information

Steve Miller
Northants Green Party Secretary
steve.miller@northantsgreenparty.org.uk
07598 735524

 

Please donate today so we can stand candidates across the County.

April 29, 2017 by

5 candidatesIn 2015, we stood in all constituency seats across Northamptonshire for the first time.  We are hoping to stand in as many seats in the County again in 2017. However, even just to stand we need to raise £500 per seat for our deposit.

We currently have announced the following candidates:

Kettering – Rob Reeves
Northampton North – Steve Miller
Daventry – Steve Whiffen
South Northamptonshire – Denise Donaldson

We aim to announce more candidates for the remaining constituencies next week.

5 party logosWe don’t have the financial backing like other parties and so, while we don’t like asking for money, this is the way we are funded – by our supporters. In that respect, we value every penny pledged and so you can rest assured that your money will be put to good use.  Each candidate (or their local constituency group) is putting up half the funds for the deposit. Any funds raised beyond what we need for the deposits, will be used on promotional materials for our campaigns to get our message out.  If we retain any deposits (i.e. we receive 5% of the vote) we will split them proportionally across the county between those who pledged (please note, that in 2015 we were unsuccessful in receiving more than 5% in any constituency – but only by a few hundred votes in many).  Please donate today.

AirSteveJonThe Northants Green Party isn’t just about standing in elections – we continue to try and make a difference in our local area despite not having any councillors at Borough, County or Parliamentary level. We have launched a successful Clean-up Campaigns, provided donations to Food Banks, hold regular discussions and events and we are currently in the process of monitoring air pollution across the County.

Many thanks in advance,

Rob Reeves

Please donate today so we can stand candidates across the County in the snap General Election on Thursday 8th June.  Visit – http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/northants-green-party-election-2017

I’d Vote Green but…

February 25, 2017 by

…if I vote Green, I get Blue. 

To an extent this is true, this is part of the problem with our electoral system. Winner takes it all and smaller parties get completely marginalised. One of the Green Party’s main policies is electoral reform towards proportional representation to avoid this situation. I have tried tactical voting in the past and don’t feel that it worked. I voted for someone I didn’t really believe in and it didn’t change the outcome of the result. If we had an election where everybody voted for who they actually wanted and not the person to stop the person they hate, then we might get a turnout more reflective of our views. In order to achieve this our elected individuals should reflect a broader cross section of our communities. This won’t happen whilst the same two parties remain in charge.

Even worse is that if you don’t vote at all, you’ll probably get more of the same. My local council election in 2013 had a turnout of just over a quarter of voters. 5000 local residents didn’t vote for their councillor who currently has a majority of just shy of 700. You could argue active apathy due to disconnect with voters which is what we would try to address. Another big Green policy is to take local decisions in local hands. If people could see that their vote had an effect, then maybe they would vote more.

….all you politicians are the same.

Again correct to an extent. We feel most politicians are the same. The Green Party however is different to all the others in how it is funded, from voluntary member donations and not large donations or trade unions. The fact we are different and don’t have our noses in the  trough mean we might actually provide some sort of opposition and scrutiny to local policymakers. Although most of our local members haven’t held public office, we give up a lot of our time for free to provide a Green alternative. You might call out inexperience, but you can’t accuse us of being in it for the money!

We are also locally run and are given a lot of free reign by the national party. This allows us to come up with policies that work locally and are not dictated by national policy such as Labour’s blanket ban on electoral co-operation.

…you only care about the environment.

This is a common misconception although our media coverage tends to be about environmental concerns we have a full range of policies which you can read about here in our 2015 manifesto. We have well developed and radical policies about taxation, electoral reform, social equality and much more.

What’s more is even in small numbers, having Green councillors can achieve a lot as our Association of Green  Councillors can attest. They have a wide range of stories about positive things Green Councillors are doing around the country.

The fact that all parties claims green credentials is a testament to how just our concerns are.

…my friends will call me a hippy

This is the easiest one to debunk. Just attend one  of our meetings. Our local party are drawn from broad walks of life or geography. Despite being slightly too “white middle aged man” as far as I can see nobody fits the stereotype of being a “hippy”. Unless by hippy you mean peace-loving, humanitarian and environmentally friendly? Our meetings are usually an interesting mix of debate, event planning and socialising and usually end like all good meetings do, with a drink. There’s no dancing round trees or choruses of Kumbaya in the ones I’ve been to. We always welcome new members with new ideas, the more the merrier!

…I’m worried my taxes will go up.

It’s currently  unlikely that we will be majority members of a council locally and the way local government funding is being squeezed we will have to work with other parties to really challenge the current status quo of service cuts and general inertia within our local council.

We want to properly fund our services and we need to seriously look at other ways to save money so we can afford to look after our children, elderly and vulnerable. One way may to completely overhaul our current three tier system to remove gridlock and improve proximity of decisions by making unitary authorities.

We know tax increases are unpopular, but nationally we’d look to completely overhaul taxation to make it less regressive and ensure those with broadest shoulders and large corporations pay their way. Locally, we’d seek to devolve power (and hence money) to local government to allow local decisions to have local effects.